DJ Defense.Mekanizm on Why Most New Year's Eve Parties Are Boring
By day, Suzy Homewrecker is the supervisor of a local laboratory that studies pathology and immunohistochemistry. At night or on the weekends, however, the 30-year-old crimson-haired vixen becomes a tough-as-nails roller derby queen, a gothy go-go dancer, or industrial music DJ known as Defense.Mekanizm. It all depends on her particular mood or whatever event she's planning on performing at calls for, like the monthly Cupcake! fetish night parties at the Rogue that she performs at along with cohort/fiance DJ Self.Destrukt.
Adam Messler Defense Mekanizm/Suzy Homewrecker
This coming Monday, Homewrecker and her equally bizarre-looking beau will reign over the kooky crowd and spin up industrial, electro, and other hard-edged sounds at the New Year's Eve edition of Cupcake!, which has been subtitled "Berserk! Cirque!" They're hoping the fetishistic fiesta will provide an more interesting Auld Lang Syne alternative for fellow freaks or any one else interested in avoiding otherwise boring New Year's Eve experience.
Name: Suzy Homewrecker
AKA: DJ Defense.Mekanizm
Current Gigs: Cupcake is the second Friday of every month at The Rogue. We are moving Fallout Shelter to a monthly, [the] fourth Friday of every month at The Rogue. Rogue was a great punk dive that fell off the map after the then-scenesters burnt out. I am stoked to bring it back to life.
Preferred Genres: I spin mainly industrial-electro and dark electro. I also love chill stuff like trip-hop and witch-house, fun dance music from the '60s to '80s. Also some dubstep. Anything with bass.
So what attracts you to dark, weird, bizarre things and similarly strange music?
I work in the medical field in science. I have always had an obsession with oddities and anatomy. I love unconventional everything. Home decorations, fashions, modeling.
I have always loved dressing crazy and listening to darker/obscure music. All the darker imagery and styles I have always liked are offensive to many, I never agreed. I guess I have a compassion for the rejected.
How did you get into the DJ game?
I always wanted to be a DJ since I went to raves in the late '90s. Music is my life. I watched and studies for years and finally got my own equipment a couple of years ago. It is never too late to start a passion. I was told by friends and boyfriends I couldn't do it. I don't let people hold me back...not for too long anyway. I slowly have been taking the list of things I was told I would never/could never do and have been achieving them. I have been a self taught DJ so far. It takes a lot of dedication and patience.
What's it like being one of the few female DJs in the Valley?
I see a lot of female DJs popping up suddenly and I hope they too put in the work to earn it. I am working on producing my own music and a live act. I don't want to just spin someone else's music - there's just so much great music out there. I constantly try to progress.